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Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Hart High School Staff believe that there is a direct relationship between good attendance and high achievement. Students with good attendance achieve higher grades, enjoy school, realize success, gain the necessary credits for graduation, and learn positive habits that carry over to their personal and occupational achievement. 

 

We see it as the responsibility of each parent, teacher, administrator, and staff member to promote and stress the value of good attendance. It is also the responsibility of the staff to carry out all attendance policies in a fair, firm, consistent, and timely manner.

 

Tardies

Teachers will mark a student who is less than 29 minutes late to class as tardy. A student will be marked as absent if they arrive 30 minutes or later to class according to Education Code section 48260.

A tardy is unexcused unless a doctor, dentist, orthodontist or legal/court note is provided to the Attendance office when a student arrives at school. Tardies in between classes/periods are unexcused. If a student is late due to being with a counselor/other staff member they should be given a pass to class. 

 

Consequences for tardies will be assigned as follows:

 

10 tardies in a quarter   =  Saturday School

13 tardies in a quarter  =  2nd Saturday School; Loss of Off-Campus Privileges for the following quarter

20 Tardies in a semester = Loss of Dance Privileges (Homecoming and Winter Dance based on Fall Semester; Prom based on Spring Semester)

25 Tardies in a semester =  No parking pass for the next semester

 

  • At any time an AP may assign detention hours for tardies as needed.
  • Teachers may have in place additional classroom consequences.
  • Any no show to Saturday School can result in an In-School Suspension.

Truancies

An absence is considered a truancy whenever, in the judgment of the Principal or designee, the student intentionally and deliberately failed to report to an assigned class or classes, without reasonable cause.  According to Education Code section 48260, any student tardy in excess of 30 minutes will be considered absent.  If this occurs on each of more than three days in one school year the student may be considered a truant.  A student can accumulate up to six truant periods in one day.  The number for truancies listed below is for total period truancies.

 

Consequences will be assigned as follows:

 

5 truancies in a quarter  =  Saturday School

10 truancies in a quarter =  2nd Saturday School; Loss of Off-Campus Privileges for the following quarter

15 truancies in a semester = Loss of Dance Privileges (Homecoming and Winter Dance based on Fall Semester; Prom based on Spring Semester)

20 truancies in a semester = No parking pass for the next semester

 

  • At any time an AP could assign detention hours for truancies as needed.
  • In cases of excessive truancies, the school deputy can assign a truancy ticket.
  • If an absence is unexcused, the teacher has the right not to allow make-up work.
  • Any no show to Saturday School can result in an In-School Suspension.

Parent/Student Responsibility

 

Parents are to call the school on EACH DAY OF ABSENCE.

When a daily phone call is not made, the student must bring a note or the parent must make a call or email the attendance office WITHIN TEN DAYS OF THE DATE OF ABSENCE. Any uncleared absence turns to unexcused absences after 10 days. 

 

Permission to leave school after arriving on campus must be obtained by the student through the Attendance Office by a verified parent phone call or a signed note or email. Please note due to high call volume it can take up to 10 minutes or more to get your student out of class please call prior to the student’s brunch or early in the morning when possible.  The student must pick up an off campus pass in order to leave campus. All 11th and 12th grade students must have their ID card to leave campus at lunch.  Ninth and tenth grade students who are leaving campus between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. or 12:30-1:30 on late start Wednesdays must be signed out by a parent/guardian in the Attendance Office.  A student who leaves campus ill/injury/pain must be cleared through the Health Office. STUDENTS WHO LEAVE CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION ARE TRUANT.  Off-campus passes are required for ANY departure on a minimum day.

Definition of Absences

A.  Excused/Warranted Absences

  • Illness or injury
  • Quarantine per direction of county or city
  • Medical, dental, optometric, chiropractic appointments
  • Funeral services for a member of the immediate family
  • Jury Duty
  • Student’s child is ill
  • Transportation issues
  • Personal business(DMV appt, College Visits)
  • Appearance in court
  • Holiday or ceremony of student’s own religion
  • Employment interview or conference
  • Family travel/Vacation (3 day maximum)
  • Personal(3 day maximum)
  • Verified family emergency(3 day maximum)
  • Community disaster/emergency
  • Funeral services for individuals outside of immediate family (3 day maximum)

Any student who will be out 5 days or more may request independent study through the counseling office to receive attendance credit. Attendance credit is based on the completion of assignments upon return from the independent study. Please note independent study must be arranged at least 2 weeks in advance.

 

B.  Unexcused Absences

A student’s absence is unexcused whenever the absence has been verified as having been avoidable (i.e. oversleeping, birthday celebrations, appointments that aren't for the student, babysitting, etc.)

 

Make-up Work

Students shall be allowed to complete, with full credit, all work missed during excused absences. The teacher(s) shall determine the make-up work and time allowed. Make-up work for unexcused absences shall be provided at the discretion of the teacher. No make-up of assignments or tests shall be permitted in cases of truancy. In case of suspension, make-up work is left to the discretion of the teacher.